A 5-stoned handicap game (5d vs. 5d)



Tim: At the moment of playing this game, Dave and I have played approximately 10 games, both rated and non-rated. Our record was about 50/50. So, it is not a bad assumption that our strength was about equal. Under this assumption, and given 5 handicap stones, a win by me for about 40 points, plus and minus 10 points, should be considered as a normal outcome.

Black player Tim Shih White player Dave de Vos

Date Result

Game 1 - Figure 2 (1-10)

White 10: Tim: quite an unusual opening. :) Usually, we focus on the corners first.

Game 1 - Figure 3 (11-15)

Black 15: Tim: This move is to collaborate with the stone A.

Game 1 - Figure 4 (16-28)

White 28: Tim: This 28 move is a vicious one. It is difficult for the black to properly deal with it.

Game 1 - Figure 5 (29-36)

White 36: Tim: wow!!

Game 1 - Figure 6 (37-46)

White 46: Tim: The exchange of A and 46 is meaningful only when the stone C exists. Otherwise, black may be helping white.

Game 1 - Figure 7 (47-49)

Black 49: Tim: The exchange of A and 49 hurt white greatly. But perhaps white had on better choices.

Game 1 - Figure 8 (50-68)

White 68: Tim: if white is able to grow a dragon out from black, then the game can be hopeful for him. So, black must try hard to eliminate such a hope for white.

Game 1 - Figure 9 (69-75)

Black 75: Tim: needless to say, if black is able to successfully enclose the territory of upper right region, he will win by at least 40 points.

Game 1 - Figure 10 (76-137)134 at left of 87

Black 137: Tim: actually white played very well around this region. Had he succeeded in making his big dragon alive, and had he gained a sente, the game could have been quite close. Whew, the advantage of 5 stones can vanish quite fast, even against a player of equal strength, not to mention against a professional!

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